Grand Valley Magazine Spring 2015 - (Page 23)
abroad and at home by Michele Coffill
Mahinur Akkaya, from
Middle East Technical
University in Turkey,
talks with chemistry
students during her
photo by Rex Larsen
A new campus initiative may make
Grand Valley distinctive among its peers
and give students an advantage when they
search for jobs.
Global learning is not a new concept
for U.S. colleges and universities. Today's
interconnected and diverse world requires
workers to have the skills and knowledge
needed to operate effectively among
different cultures, religions and ethnicities.
Grand Valley leaders began exploring
how best to make global learning a
campus priority three years ago. A
task force concluded its work last year
and recommended a strategic process
to infuse global learning across the
undergraduate curriculum. In 1989, a similar
recommendation was mandated within the
General Education program.
Mark Schaub, chief international officer,
co-chaired the task force and said talking to
university leaders about global learning for
all undergraduates was a rather easy sell.
Provost Gayle R. Davis approved it last April.
"This will make the education that students
get at Grand Valley more impactful and more
distinctive," Schaub said. "This is years in the
making, but it will greatly set undergraduate
education at Grand Valley apart from
Of course, many degree programs
already address global learning, whether
it means requiring a foreign language for
degree completion, or teaching nursing
students about patient care in other
countries. The next step, Schaub said, is to
survey each program to find the level of
global learning offered.
Carol Sanchez, professor of management
and director of international business
programs for the Seidman College of
Business, also co-chaired the task force.
Background photos courtesy
of Padnos International Center.
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